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SAT Usage Declined In 29 States Over 7 Years

The College Board aims to start a national crusade for college access with a revamp of its SAT admission test to debut in 2016. But the nonprofit organization faces a major hurdle in its quest: Use of the SAT has shrunk in huge swaths of the country since the test’s last makeover nine years ago.

In 29 states, a Washington Post analysis found, there were fewer SAT test-takers in the high school class of 2013 than there were in the class of 2006. By comparison, usage of the rival ACT admission test fell in three states: Idaho, Maine and South Dakota.